What Do You Call a Group of…?

How well do you know the names of animal congregations? Sure, most of know about a herd of elephantscolony of ants, or even a murder of crows. You might even know that lions travel in a pride or that porcupines move in a prickle.

But did you know that a group of sparrows is a host, flies move in a business, and a collective of apes is a shrewdness? You’ve heard of a flock of seagulls but a flock of lice? (GROSS!)

Burrowing Owls in Summer
Parliament is in session.

I sure didn’t until stumbling across a neat little resource about the names of animal groups. Whether you’re a trivia wonk, crossword warrior, or writer like me, these tidbits are sure to come in handy.


Some of these groupings are funny. My favorites include:

  • A bloat of hippopotamuses
  • A tower of giraffes
  • A wisdom of wombats
  • A pitying of turtle doves
  • A parliament of owls
  • A leap of leopard
  • A convocation of eagles
  • A kettle of hawks

It would be cool to see some artwork of a troop of kangaroos, a dazzle of zebras, or a congress of salamanders. That last one would make you think twice about “Newt” Gingrich.

Now I’ll just have to figure out how to work a tribe of goats or a deceit of lapwings into my next novel. Just as soon as I figure out what a lapwing is.

A Southern Lapwing bird
Never trust a lapwing & their deceitful red eyes.

Which of these animal grouping names do you like best?

By Clay Morgan

Clay Morgan is the author of Undead. Say hi on Twitter.